Water war in the Guadalupe Valley

Translated by Fulano from an article in JornadaBC

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Ejido El Porvenir, December 12, 2016 – There is a war in the Guadalupe Valley. It is a water war. Hidden behind the glamorous boom of the Mexican Napa Valley, large vineyards and ejidos are fighting, each time with more rancor, access to the vital liquid.

The table is not even. No more than 18 wine producers use more than 50% of the water resources in the region. Meanwhile the communities even lack drinking water. Thirsting for justice, desperate, the farm workers who have worked these lands for three generations, and some 1,000 Kumeyaay, who inhabited this territory for at least 4,000 years, threaten to take other measures.

Here in El Porvenir, says Marco Antonio Orozco, adviser to the Ejido Union of Northern Ensenada, there is not even one drop of water in the homes. The residents have been battling for months with this problem. This is in spite of the national water laws give a priority to those who have rights to the liquid, and those first in line are human settlements. The community which has no water has the first rights.